‘Law & Order: SVU’: Kelli Giddish and Peter Scanavino Talk About Their Complicated Relationship on the Show

Law & Order: SVU wouldn’t be the same without the unique relationship between Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr. (Peter Scanavino) and Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish). Fans have a lot of feelings about their friendship that could maybe one day be more. The actors spoke on the podcast Squadroom about the situation.

Kelli Giddish and Peter Scanavino talk about their characters

Peter Scanavino and Kelli Giddish
Peter Scanavino and Kelli Giddish | Will Hart/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Scanavino spoke about how he approaches reading the script when scenes involve his character and Rollins. The relationship is more than a little “complicated” and it’s even more so because fans want them to get together so badly.

“This relationship that they have is complicated,” Scanavino says. “It’s kind of ambiguous as to what the meanings are but it’s clear that it’s not just like, ‘Oh we’re buddies,’ or in passing but it’s not necessarily the other thing.”

The host asked Scanavino if he thinks about the fans and what they want, since many viewers of the series are hoping for Rollins and Carisi to finally get together at some point. The chemistry is obviously there and fans are ready to see things head that way.

“Well I think there’s some things like let’s say it did happen, then you instantly lose the mystery of it,” Scanavino continued. “Or the tension of it, then there becomes another tension…and I think that’s a lot less interesting. A lot of the whole Rollins/Carisi thing, it’s not because we’ve had a ton of scenes to where we’re like dealing with it. I think it’s a lot of people inferring and reading between the lines of what’s not said and I think that’s what’s really cool and it makes it deeper and more meaningful.”

Kelli Giddish says they ‘respect’ the relationship

Giddish seems to agree with Scanavino when it comes to how she portrays the relationship on camera. She says they “respect” the situation, especially with how fans feel about it. They’re hoping for a Rollisi romance sometime soon.

“I know from myself and I can probably speak for you as well we just kind of respect it, the relationship,” Giddish says about the situation. “So for us to say are they or aren’t they, it’s interesting but we respect what’s going on and sometimes I think the writers respond to what they’re inferring and what they’re seeing on an unspoken basis between mine and Peter’s characters on the screen. And like when Rollins has important moments there’s Carisi, and so they give us these opportunities.”

Fans really want Rollisi to happen

Fans of SVU are really on board for a Rollins and Carisi relationship. Viewers on multiple social media platforms are calling for the two to get together at last. The situation can’t be resolved fast enough for eager fans.

“Can Rollins and Carisi just happen already?” a Reddit user asked.

Other fans seem to agree and would like to see Rollisi finally happen. Carisi has quite a lot of fans online. “Ugh yes! Carisi deserves someone asap,” someone else agreed.

“Agreed, I like them together,” said another Reddit user.

Fans are hoping that Rollins and Carisi will finally get together at some point in the series.